The National Day of Prayer has been part of America’s history since 1952 when it was first signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, and it is slated again this year for May 3. The theme of the 2018 National Day of Prayer is unity, based on Ephesians 4:3, which says, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”
As quoted in a recent Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance email, the president of the event, Ronnie Floyd, who is also pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, notes the critical need for prayer. “America needs God now more than any time in our generation,” says Floyd. “America is broken. Division is undeniable and unity is missing. Racial tension is alarming. Lawlessness abounds. Reconciliation appears impossible. Government cannot fix us. Politics will not heal us.”
There will be prayer events around the nation on May 3 culminating with a live-streamed prayer service later that evening at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) at the U.S. Capitol.
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